Overlooking the cliffs towards Gardenstown
Pretty harbour close to property
Beach and shore nearby
Lounge area with cosy woodburner
Lounge/dining area
Dining area
Relax in the lounge
Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
View towards the property
View towards the Gardenstown fishing village
1 / 12  Overlooking the cliffs towards Gardenstown
2 / 12  Pretty harbour close to property
3 / 12  Beach and shore nearby
4 / 12  Lounge area with cosy woodburner
5 / 12  Lounge/dining area
6 / 12  Dining area
7 / 12  Relax in the lounge
8 / 12  Kitchen
9 / 12  Double bedroom
10 / 12  Twin bedroom
11 / 12  View towards the property
12 / 12  View towards the Gardenstown fishing village

Balai House,

Banff (8mls NE), Aberdeenshire
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs allowed 2
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Traditional bright and spacious apartment with 21st century comforts
  •  Perfect for a family holiday or that ‘get away from it all’ romantic break
  • Located on the main street of Gardenstown a few minutes’ walk from the picturesque fishing harbour
  • Catch a glimpse of the dolphins that swim in the bay or experience one of the stunning sunsets
  • Explore the wide variety wildlife along the stunning Moray coastline and beautiful beaches
Property code: BALAI

This bright and spacious apartment occupies the ground-floor of the traditional house dating back to the 19th century has been beautifully modernised, close to the magnificent coastline, beach and harbour.

Gardenstown is the largest of three fishing village on this stretch of coastline enjoying spectacular rugged coastal scenery, headland and bays that have been the setting for a number of television programmes and a haven for artists. Sandy beaches and rocky coves make it an ideal location for all ages. Dolphins and seals are regular visitors, along with a wealth of sea birds. The occasional whale has been spotted close to shore. Enjoy local activities of golf, fishing, riding, sailing, canoeing, surfing, walking and cycling. Meander along the coast to the seaside village of Crovie or explore the myriad of pretty fishing villages along this Moray coast by local bus. Visit the numerous castles and distilleries on the renowned 'Whisky and Castle Trails', MacDuff aquarium, championship golf courses and town of Banff all within easy reach.

Stepping inside this ground floor apartment you will find a beautiful presented open-plan living area, the kitchen area is separated by low dividing wall is fully equipped with electric oven and hob, fridge with freezer box, dishwasher, coffee machine, washing machine and microwave. Enjoy your evening meal at the modern dining table and chairs then relax in the comfortable lounge by the multi-fuel fire (first supply of fuel included) watch Freeview TV or a DVD from one of the selection of DVD’s, there is also an iPod/iPhone dock, Bluetooth speaker and USB charger. Continue through the hallway to find the main shower room with large shower cubicle and WC. Leading on to the spacious double bedroom (that can be converted to a twin on request) or twin on request. There is also one twin room with two small divan beds.

External access to rear hillside garden, small patio with outdoor table and chairs. Limited on street parking is available outside the property.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 2 bedrooms: 1 double (or twin on request) 1 twin with two small divan beds (2’6” x 6’3”)
  • Shower room: with shower cubicle and WC
  • Lounge: with multi fuel stove, TV/DVD, iPod/iPhone dock, Bluetooth speaker and USB charger
  • Kitchen: electric oven and hob, fridge with freezer box, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, Bosch Tassimo coffee machine
  • Electric, heating and first supply of fuel included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • On street parking outside the property
  • A welcome food hamper is provided containing a selection of fresh produce
  • Beach within walking distance, shop 0.5 miles, tearoom 0.1 mile
  • Hotel pub/restaurant 200 yards, bar meals available, please prior book if you wish to dine in the restaurant
  • Arrival: 5pm
  • For anyone wanting to bring bikes there is external access to the back garden with a large barn where bikes can be stored

This property joined our collection in 2014 and is managed by Fiona.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 18 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Judith, 9th March 2020

Perfect place to stay very clean and tidy. Welcome by hosts and associated welcome pack perfect. Good wi-fi , new convenience store close by . All in, had a great time.

Reviewed by Isobel, 15th February 2020

Exc grnd flr in Main St of Gardenstown. Host made sure everything we could ever need was provided even ensuring a welcome pack of food which included everything for our Sunday breakfast as well as 2 tins of home baking. Only downside was that the garden isnt adjacent to the house. It was accessed via a lane and through a locked outbuilding but was Read morefully enclosed which was a bonus. Friendly pub a few houses along was perfect for an evening of gin rummy. Beach down a set of nearby steps. Hide

Reviewed by David, 27th January 2020

Great cottage, clean, comfortable and quiet. Parking location is tight on a narrow street, with limited spaces but manageable. The cottage has everything needed for a holiday away from home. Great area to explore and our 2 small dogs loved the beach and surrounding walks.

Reviewed by Trish, 4th September 2019

A warm welcome on arrival from owners and lovely food pack homemade cake, scones and bread. The cottage is a home from home with everything you could possibly need including supplies for dishwasher and washing machine. Lots of homely touches. Street is very narrow for parking but we have large SUV car and managed ok. Owners Chris and Barbara are exRead moretremely helpful and friendly and made our stay special. Hide

Reviewed by Udo, 10th August 2019

Tasteful interior, comfortable beds, helpful, friendly hosts make it a real home from home

Reviewed by David, 1st August 2019

Property is great and we were made very welcome. Owner is avail for any info. Only issue is parking in the very narrow street.

Reviewed by Bill, 3rd July 2019

A spotless, well equipped and comfortable cottage which, being dog friendly, met our needs perfectly. The owners who are on site couldn't have been more accommodating. A great spot.

Reviewed by Liz, 20th April 2019

We would recommend the cottage - one of the best equipped weve stayed in. The beach and harbour are excellent and dog friendly. Our dog happily exhausted himself racing up and down the beach. Everyone we met was friendly and theres even a local bus service into Banff.

Reviewed by Thomas, 29th December 2018

Fantastic location, peaceful, dog friendly and the owners were brilliant. Lovely welcome pack with home baking and essentials. Delicious!

Reviewed by Fraser, 22nd November 2018

Lovely welcome pack of home baking and grocery essentials.

Reviewed by Nicholas, 3rd November 2018

Nick & Marie, Newcastle Staffs, Chris and Barbara were very hospitable, the property was spotlessly clean and comfortable with everything provided you need to enjoy your holiday, welcome pack on arrival (homemade bread and cakes) was a winner. We had a fantastic stay at Balai House and would definitely recommend to out family and Friends.

Reviewed by Stuart, 5th October 2018

Chris was very welcoming and explained where everything was. Nice touch is the welcome food pack. Beach and pub were close at hand.

Reviewed by Thomas, 25th August 2018

A lovely property set in an old fishing village and made all the better with the hospitality of the owner Chris. Lovely touch with milk, bread, butter scones, chocolate cake and fresh flowers on the table. Local people are so friendly and helpful. A great base to get out to lovely small towns and fishing village. It is a fishing and golfers paradisRead moree with lots of varied courses. Hide

Reviewed by Peter, 11th August 2018

What a fantastic hidden gem of a holiday home. Perfectly situated for the local Town of Banff and the glorious sandy beaches of Sandsea. A lovely warm welcome from the owner who showed us around and pointed out where things were. A nice touch was the fresh milk, bread, butter, scones and pancakes, along with sausages and bacon waiting for us. PlentRead morey of facilities to help, include a dishwasher and vacuum, washing machine and heaters in every room, with remote controls. Hide

Reviewed by Matthew, 4th August 2018

Great little town and a great cottage. The owners were the best. Looked after us and explained everything including what was going on in the area. Felt home from home! I cannot rate this high enough! Quiet area with very friendly people

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